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I-94 widening and Portage Road interchange rebuild is in the home stretch
April 05, 2023
- MDOT’s project to widen I-94 to six lanes between Lovers Lane and Sprinkle Road and rebuild the Portage Road interchange is in its final months.
- The $87 million investment has faced several delays but is on track for completion later this summer.
- This project connects several I-94 expansion projects from west of US-131 to Sprinkle Road completed since 2008.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be finishing later this summer what was to be a two-year $87 million I-94 expansion project. Delayed several months by several challenges including COVID-19, supply-chain issues, and design changes, contractors are anticipating the new Portage Road interchange and all lanes of I-94 between Sprinkle Road and Lovers Lane in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, to be open to traffic in early August.
Currently, contractors are rebuilding the final stretch of westbound I-94, from Portage Road to Lovers Lane, as well as the new westbound ramps at Portage Road. There remains some paving work, sidewalk installation, and curb and gutter on Portage Road. Kilgore Road finishing touches include driveway connections and signal work.
The new Portage Road interchange will be a single-point urban interchange, or SPUI, which requires all of those facets of the project to be completed and connected at the same time, tying together I-94, Portage Road, the newly aligned Kilgore Road, and the interchange ramps.
Until work is completed, motorists can expect two lanes of traffic open in each direction on I-94, and one lane open in each direction on Portage Road. The westbound on- and off-ramps at Portage Road will remain closed until the project is completed, as will the northbound Sprinkle Road ramp to westbound I-94.
For project updates and maps, please visit Mi Drive.